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Art Is Education – Observation

Observation is another tip for creating arts – especial visual arts.  Usually detailed-orientated people will see a lot of things other people can not see, which will enhance their ability to learn, imitate, or create.

Let’s test your powers on observation:

There are 9 people in this painting.  Can you find all of them?

Nine Faces


Try your best to figure it out and scroll down for the answer.  (DO NOT PEEK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


#1: Obviously, the big bald head

#2: The old man of the big bald head’s face

#3 and #4:  The woman holding a baby


Now the harder part:

#5 and #6: two faces, one front and one profile, between the black bird and the left edge of the painting

#7 and #8: two profile faces, one on top the other, to the right of the black bird

#9: another profile facing the right edge of the painting on the pillar

Did you get them all???



Art & Science in Education

boy_binocularsIt’s spring — and the grass is still green outside the Fremont Main (so far).
We have observed migratory birds flying north in the past month. Today there was a huge rainbow spanning the East Bay/Oakland area :) after the tiny bit of rain we had last night.

All sorts of new life is popping up — kids come up with great questions about the “seed in the cup” and the ducklings and other baby animals they  may see if they play in the park or on a daily walk.

AND It’s a chance to learn more about observation — how the carefully planted seed changes day to day and week to week, or how to observe birds and other animals in their natural habitat.plover_mar2015

Next Monday, March 30 @7pm we have a chance for a Science & Art Night at the Fremont Main Library,girl painting
presented by the SF Bird Observatory! There will be opportunities for creativity, such as building a bird nest,
learning to sketch as we observe, and other activities. Register by phoning the Fremont Children’s Room, 510-745-1421.

Join us for this event and other science and enviornment events as we continue through spring — look for our Earth Day events in April & May.

sock creatures_googleAND Don’t forget. There are a few more opportunities to participate in other special art projects.

Create a Family Book at Fremont/Niles (March 24) or Albany (March 28).
Make Sock Creatures (for Tweens) at the Irvington Library April 8.

Take an opportunity if you visit Newark Library to look at the Houses of Creativity and add your house to the landscape!house_creativity

Picture Book Illustrations

Illustration is one of my favorite forms of art. I loved to draw and paint as a child and always enjoyed looking for inspiration in the vibrant colors and images of children’s picture book illustrations. If you have ever wondered how illustrations come to be, take a look at the videos below. They feature three different children’s book illustrators.

Pastel Illustration by Lynne Chapman

Watercolor Painting by Alicia Padron

Illustration by Mark Buhner

If you’d like to try your hand at painting pastels and watercolors, take a look at what the library has to offer here:

Pastel Painting Books

Watercolor Painting Books

We also have books about sketching, drawing, and cartooning. You can see what the library has here:

Sketching Books

Drawing Books

Cartooning Books

If you want to try to write and illustrate your own story, you can start with these story writing games:

Scholastic Story Starters

PBS Kids: Dot’s Story Factory

Children’s Art Experience!


During March, Alameda County Library has hosted many art programs to celebrate “Art is Education” month. Even though it’s getting on in the month, there are still several wonderful programs in which you and your child or children can take part.  Hopefully, you have already experienced the fun of Family Make-a-Book project or your preteens and teens have mad a Sock Creature.  While we try to have programs throughout the year that celebrate arts and crafts, you may want your child to have art experiences on a more regular basis.

 If you haven’t already been, check out Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) located in Oakland. Go to http://mocha.org/about/ to learn about MOCHA’s mission to bring art experiences to children and their families in the East Bay. Explore their pages to see what opportunities exist to sign-up for fun classes!  Make art a part of your family’s time to explore your creativity together.

Great Women Artists

March is both Art IS Education Month and Women’s History Month. Here are some books about female visual artists available in the library’s children’s collection. Their lives and work are bound to inspire some of the great artists of the future.

Come Look with Me: Discovering Women Artists for Children
by Jennifer Tarr Coyne

Come Look With Me Discovering Women Artists for Children Book Cover

Grandma Moses
written and illustrated by Alexandra Wallner

Grandma Moses Book Cover

Frida Kahlo: Her Life in Paintings
by Sara McIntosh Wooten

Frida Kahlo: Her Life in Paintings

Mary Cassatt: The Life of an Artist
by Carolyn Casey

Mary Cassatt The Life of an Artist Book Cover

Georgia O’Keeffe: Legendary American Painter
by Jodie A. Shull

Georgia O'Keeffee Legendary American Painter Book Cover

Art is Education – Creativity

Some people’s creativity is beyond our imagination.  Here are some amazing photos to prove:

What do you see in this picture?  A boy, 2 houses, some lambs, or a  man's face with a mustache?

What do you see in this picture? A boy, 2 houses, some lambs, or a man’s face with a mustache?


Behind every stack of books, There is a flood of knowledge.

Behind every stack of books, There is a flood of knowledge.


How about a real FRUIT cakes?

How about a real WATERMELON (FRUIT) cake?



In this Art Is Education month, attending a concert!!


creataive art pic4

Beware of the swimmer while you are driving …… Uh, wait, what??

Check out these books to learn more about street art.

Do these spark your imagination?  Have fun on being creative!!

Happy New Year! or Kung-hsi Fa-ts’ai!

The Chinese and many Chinese Americans are kicking off their New Year today, February 20, 2015.  It’s the year of the Ram and people born under this sign have these characteristics:

People born in the Year of Sheep are tender, polite, filial, clever, and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously and circumspectly. In their daily life, they try to be economical. They are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation.

For more info go to this site:

In China, most people kick off the New Year with a parade and fireworks of course.  The New Year celebrations don’t end there.  For more information about celebrating Chinese New Year in China, please visit this site:




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